New Year, New Lockdown

It’s it first working week of the new year and with it comes the rather disheartening news of another lockdown dubbed “Lockdown 3.0”. Despite the collective efforts and sacrifices of everyone in the country to stay home and reduce contact with other households during the festive period the virus just seems to keep spreading. But it’s not all doom and gloom the BBC has compiled a list of things to look forward to in 2021 and don’t forget there’s a vaccine available that’s being rolled out across the country.

As expected, with the new lockdown comes additional enforceable measures; these measures obviously have implications for everyone from school age children to retired adults. Most especially for the working parent faced with the prospect of home-schooling for a second time and is flooded with memories of the attendant chaos and mess. But rather than focus on the negatives, like most people tend to do, we decided to revisit some of the positive things we experienced during the first lockdown and check if we could re-apply them.

Home-school:

A lot has changed since the first national lockdown, all the pupils have advanced to the next school year, some have even gone on to secondary school. The great part is that most schools have gotten better at online schooling and the kids are now used to being taught via either Google Classroom, Zoom or Teams. All you have to do as the parent is make sure they’re engaged and submit their classwork on time. For the younger kids, there’s lots of online home learning resources available including videos on LinkedIn Learning and the BBC. The fun part is that everyone’s favourite P.E teacher - Joe Wicks will be back on YouTube to help them burn off all that excess energy.


Family Time:

Another good thing about being at home all day means you spend less time travelling to and from work and get to spend more quality time with the family - the school run and daily commute to work merely consist of going from one room to the other and entering the office simply means logging in to some really great remote working tools. Even though you can’t physically go out to grab a bite at any of your favourite places to eat, lunch breaks can actually mean being able to have a hot home cooked meal with the family. If the kids have a short break and it’s too cold to play outside in the garden, you could spend the time solving short riddles on YouTube or making plans for dinner. If you’re not in the mood to cook, you could simply order your favourite meals from your favourite restaurants and have it delivered right to your doorstep!

Exercise:

While being on lockdown means that travel restrictions have been imposed, the government also allows us to leave the house for exercise. The trouble is that the lockdown also means that gyms and leisure centres have been closed so you’re torn between an going for run/walk and an indoor workout in your living room. Now that it’s cold outside it can be quite difficult to find the motivation to leave the warmth of your home for a run or walk. If like me you prefer to workout indoors, you could either check YouTube for some indoor no equipment workouts or invest in some dumb bells or kettle bells and follow some of the great workouts online.

The first week of the new year has gone by, the nation may be in lockdown, the kids are at home and there’s some uncertainty about what the future holds; but one thing we’re certain of is that this too shall pass. Until then stay home and stay safe. Remember if you do have to work away from home and need a place to stay in Kent or if you need a place to self-isolate, visit our website. or give us a call to find out how we can help.

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